Mark Stoops may have just scored one of the biggest commitments in his tenure with the Kentucky Wildcats.
On Sunday, junior college quarterback Terry Wilson committed to UK.
Wilson made the call following what turned out to be a great official visit to UK. He made the trip to Lexington along with his family, a good signal that he was strongly considering the Cats. Wilson was even seen cheering on the volleyball Cats during their NCAA Tournament matches this weekend.
Wilson was also considering the Nebraska Cornhuskers, who now have Scott Frost as their head coach, and Frost recruited Wilson to sign with Oregon in 2016. That previous relationship is a big reason why Nebraska was the favorite going into the final weeks of this recruitment.
However, Nebraska is also in the running for Tennessee Volunteers commit Adrian Martinez, who looks like the No. 1 QB target on their big board. Martinez is believed to be making a decision soon with Nebraska poised to add him, which, in theory, takes them out of the running for Wilson.
The Florida Gators are also in the running after offering Martinez last week, but they already have a young promising QB on their roster in Feleipe Franks, not to mention a commitment from 2018 four-star quarterback Matt Corral.
Make no mistake about it: This is a huge get for UK, and Wilson could end up being the most important recruit UK gets in the 2018 class. While Wilson won’t be assured of the starting quarterback spot, he has a world of potential to not only win it, but also thrive in UK’s offense.
The early signing period for both high school and junior college recruits begins on December 20. The deadline for high school seniors to sign early ends on the 22nd, whereas the JUCO deadline is January 15th. It looks like UK will have Wilson signed in the early period and have him on campus in January, allowing him to go through spring football.
Here is an excerpt of Wilson’s high school scouting report from ESPN:
A very savvy and confident player with a nice feel for the game and a presence for what is going on around him. Poised and calm. Makes quick, good decisions on passes and on the give/keep option plays off the zone-read game. Has natural ball carrying instincts with good ball handling on play-fakes Will exit the front door to reduce losses and is smart with the football when under duress.
Displays timing and pacing with his feet, drops and delivery. Takes something off shorter passes and shows good touch. Is accurate, throws to a spot and can lead receivers. Shows good range in the short and intermediate zones and throws a quick, catchable ball.
Shows very good arm strength and when his feet are set he can drive the ball downfield and shows very good RPMs on short and intermediate routes. Gets rid of the ball quickly for the most part. Has shown flashes of a very quick delivery when forced to dump the ball off in the face of the rush. As a passer the ball really jumps out of his hand and you can't coach the speed and of his delivery.
Here are some highlights of Wilson, both from his high school and JUCO days.